Sanders' supporters were as opposed to (Bill) Clintonism as Corbyn's are to Blairism
, and for the same reasons.
The real lesson of Blairism
is that, even with sky-high popularity, governments have, at best, half of a first landslide term to make a substantial difference before circumstances overtake their agenda.
My suggestion is that a new entry should be added to the Oxford English Dictionary, defining Blairism
as an act of deceit and dishonesty.
MAJOR MISTAKE: Roy Hattersley this week declared Blairism
a myth, saying his election win was down to the unpopularity of John Major and his party
These reflections may be of assistance in considering the degree to which Blairism
represents a discontinuity with traditional centre-right labourism; and whether such discontinuity has resulted in a fundamentally and irrevocably changed social nature of the Labour Party.
Meanwhile, a senior union leader yesterday said Blairism
had "run its course" and called for a change in direction from Labour to win back the votes of core supporters who have deserted the party since 1997.
In Biblical terms, Blairism
is the poisonous tree which can give forth only poisonous fruit and must be rooted out" - Lord Tebbit, former Tory Party chairman.
Certainly, it was a coming together of the worst of the emotional fraudulence of Blairism
and the deepest excesses of celebrity culture - plus not a small amount of media opportunism.
What the mourners then got was Blairism
, the prosecution of Thatcher's socio-economic revolution, prostration before George W.
And he has been unlucky - to say the least - in his search for allies among the member states: the Blairism
he has espoused has not prospered within the EU, and German voters have dashed his hopes of reformist reinforcements arriving from Berlin.
He must also have a strong coherent plan and a core philosophy to explain - finally - that Third Way politics and Blairism
aren't just a series of soundbites and headline manipulation where you make it up as you go along.
Where "Trainspotting" was a drug-fueled cry against the conformity of '80s Thatcherism, "Factory" is a violence-fueled yelp against the vacuousness of '90s Blairism
Deceit, arrogance, greed and cronyism are cornerstones of Blairism
. His enduring legacy will be that people will never trust anything politicians say.
Edited by William Trumble and Lesley Brown, the new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains a number of new words and phrases ranging from 'Jedi' and 'The Force' to 'Blairism
' and 'Bunny Boiler'.
has widened even more "the divided nation".